December 27, 2011

A Year of Favorite Things

Yesterday, I shared my favorite books of the year.

Today, continuing my "Best Of" series, I'm sharing a smattering of my Favorite Things of 2011:

Quote (and the Inspiration for my 31 Days of Love Letters series):
"Only if we will venture to enter into the words of the Bible, as though in them this God were speaking to us who loves us and does not will to leave us along with our questions, only so shall we learn to rejoice in the Bible..."--Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Author and Blogger:
Shauna Niequist, author of Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet, writes Story with humor and authenticity. I've enjoyed reading her on another of my favorite things of 2011: my Kindle.

Truth from Scripture:
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25

Blogs, Links, Posts, Web:
Called to Write by Rachelle Gardner (applicable to anyone questioning their calling)
When Compassion Becomes a Gold Rush by Ann Voskamp, a moving piece on poverty and God's provision.
Sitting at His Feet, a blog by Shannon, whom I met at Relevant. She writes beautifully and has beautiful things to say.
Blogging with Amy, a really helpful site for bloggers.
Picnik, a (free) Photoshop for Dummies

TV:
We're always a little behind the times when it comes to TV. Most of what we watch, we watch on Netflix. By far, our favorites this year were Arrested Development and Friday Night Lights. Arrested Development, because it's genius, and Friday Night Lights, because it accurately depicts my home state and because it makes you feel like you know the characters. I highly recommend both.

Movies:
We're documentary fanatics so naturally, my favorites fall into that catgeory.


Buck: A movie about the real life horse whisperer who trains horses, but, amazingly, also relates to child-rearing, human relationships, abuse, fostering/adoption, and free will. Plus, Grandma's joke at the end is pretty funny.

The King of Kong: The perfect hero/villain movie revolving around the world record score in Donkey Kong. You don't have to be a nerd or a video game fanatic to love this movie.

Local Loves:
If you live in Charlottesville or even if you don't, you'll want to check out these creative, inspiring, talented people:
Maddy makes the best desserts at Sweet Madelines.
Tahni at Joyeuse Photography is an incredible photographer.
Crystal at Little Bit Funky makes custom gifts that I love to give (including the stitching of Reese's drawing above).

Music:
Gungor
Have you heard Gungor yet? If not, you must listen to their beautiful, haunting, truth-filled music.

21 by Adele
Play. Listen. Repeat. That's what I do.
SCL workout video

Video:
Hilarious!
Finally:
You, blog reader, are one of my favorite things of the year. Thank you for giving me an avenue for writing, for your encouragement, and for your comments. Thank you also to those who send readers my way through your own blogs. I really appreciate each and every one of you.

Do you have any "favorite things"to share with us? Tell us in the comments.